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Walgreens Offering Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccinations Daily At All Of Its More Than 600 Locations Throughout California

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Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) is now offering vaccinations that provide protection against pertussis (whooping cough) at all of its more than 600 stores throughout the state, as the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is urging vaccination with the state reaching epidemic levels of reported whooping cough cases. Vaccinations are available daily during all pharmacy hours with no appointment necessary and are covered by most insurance plans.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection primarily affecting young children. Teens and adults whose immunity has faded are also at risk. CDPH says there have been more than 3,400 whooping cough cases reported in 2014, well ahead of the number of cases reported all of last year. There have been more than 800 cases reported in the last two weeks alone 1.

“We support the recommendations of health officials and stress that vaccination is the best protection people can get from whooping cough,” said Sepi Soleimanpour, California market pharmacy director for Walgreens. “Walgreens pharmacists continue to play an important role in providing more convenient access to vaccinations and other preventive services to help Californians get, stay and live well.”

Walgreens pharmacists in California can administer immunizations to anyone age 10 and older.

The CDPH recommends the tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) vaccine for the following groups 2:

  • Pregnant women and infants 6 weeks and older
  • All adults who provide care to infants and adults living in a household with an infant, including adults age 65 and older
  • Preadolescents (ages 7-10 years) who are not up to date on pertussis vaccinations and who are living in a household with an infant

Vaccines are subject to availability. Age, state and health related restrictions may apply. To find the nearest Walgreens, residents can call 1-800-WALGREENS or visit www.walgreens.com. For the latest pertussis immunization recommendations from the CDPH, visit its website at www.cdph.ca.gov.

About Walgreens

As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2013 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens ( www.walgreens.com ) vision is to be the first choice in health and daily living for everyone in America, and beyond. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,216 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 750 locations throughout the country.

1 California Department of Public Health website

2 California Department of Public Health website

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